Posts tagged Penal Industrial Complex

A new report from In the Public Interest reveals that private prison companies, including two of the largest, the Corrections Corp. of America and Geo Group Inc., are forging deals with state and local governments that provide huge profits based on guaranteed high occupancy rates.

The report, titled “Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and ‘Low-Crime Taxes’ Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations,” “documents the contracts exchanged between private prison companies and state and local governments that either guarantee prison occupancy rates (essentially creating inmate lockup quotas) or force taxpayers to pay for empty beds if the prison population decreases due to lower crime rates or other factors (essentially creating low-crime taxes),”….

(via Prison healthcare companies shouldn’t profit off denying needed care | American Civil Liberties Union)

Frankie Barton’s son has Hepatitis C. It is damaging his liver. He is curable, but for-profit healthcare company Corizon Prison Health Management is not providing him with the proper treatment while he’s incarcerated in Arizona. If he goes without care, he’ll develop sclerosis of the liver—a condition that can lead to death.

Frankie’s story is not unique. Corizon has been sued 660 times for malpractice over the last half-decade. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line, there will always be a perverse incentive not to provide treatment. And Corizon is doing very well. The company makes $1.4 billion dollars a year off sick prisoners.

Just last week, Corizon inked a new five-year, $1.2 billion contract with the state of Florida. This means that Corizon is now getting taxpayer money in 30 states. And they’re vying for more.

Corizon should not be able to get away with this. They need to know we’re watching.

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(via DreamActivist: Claudette Hubbard, Mother and Grandmother of U.S. Citizens, Held In ICE Detention for Two Years After Escaping Persecution)
Claudette Hubbard, a mother and grandmother to U.S. citizens, who fled LGBT violence in Jamaica, has been in ICE custody for over two years. Claudette is a lawful permanent resident who has lived in the United States since 1973, when she was 17 years old. She has fully rehabilitated following her one conviction for a non-violent drug conspiracy charge more than 20 years ago but ICE is still trying to remove her to Jamaica, where she faces the possibility of torture. Her continued detention at Yuba County Jail serves no purpose, as she could be working and supporting her family. Since Claudette’s detention, the lives of her children and grandchildren have been negatively impacted. ICE should release Claudette as she is not a flight risk and poses no danger to society.

(via DreamActivist: Claudette Hubbard, Mother and Grandmother of U.S. Citizens, Held In ICE Detention for Two Years After Escaping Persecution)

Claudette Hubbard, a mother and grandmother to U.S. citizens, who fled LGBT violence in Jamaica, has been in ICE custody for over two years. Claudette is a lawful permanent resident who has lived in the United States since 1973, when she was 17 years old. She has fully rehabilitated following her one conviction for a non-violent drug conspiracy charge more than 20 years ago but ICE is still trying to remove her to Jamaica, where she faces the possibility of torture. Her continued detention at Yuba County Jail serves no purpose, as she could be working and supporting her family. Since Claudette’s detention, the lives of her children and grandchildren have been negatively impacted. ICE should release Claudette as she is not a flight risk and poses no danger to society.

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28)'s office came out yesterday saying they won't support the Dream34 because they are being exploited by us, the organizers. What a low, shameful, position to take. These families have tried EVERYTHING to come home and yet we are exploiting them by bringing attention to their plight? We are shocked. Worst yet, it seems Rep. Cuellar has been accepting campaign contributions from GEO Group, an immigration prison company, for a while now. Who is exploiting who?

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28)'s office came out yesterday saying they won't support the Dream34 because they are being exploited by us, the organizers. What a low, shameful, position to take. These families have tried EVERYTHING to come home and yet we are exploiting them by bringing attention to their plight?

We are shocked. Worst yet, it seems Rep. Cuellar has been accepting campaign contributions from GEO Group, an immigration prison company, for a while now. Who is exploiting who?

With few exceptions and despite increasing investments in enforcement-based supply reduction efforts aimed at disrupting global drug supply, illegal drug prices have generally decreased while drug purity has generally increased since 1990. These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.

Unfortunately, the reforms Holder announced so far do not have a retroactive component so hundreds of thousands of non-violent offenders like Cameron Douglas with drug addiction issues are still being warehoused and forgotten. “Federal prisons are full of people who don’t need to be there,” says Jeremy Haile, federal advocacy counsel for the Sentencing Project, “instead they need drug treatment and it’s not clear how much treatment is available or if any of that treatment is adequate”. Recidivism rates among drug offenders would suggest that whatever treatment is on offer is not remotely adequate and there is no evidence that the prison system plans to reform its treatment policies.

In an open letter published by the Huffington Post in June of this year, Cameron Douglas attempted to raise awareness of his own predicament and that of other non-violent offenders who have been left to rot in prison. He wrote:

Unfortunately, whereas the effective remedy for relapse should be treatment, the penal system’s ‘answer’ is to lock the door and throw away the key.

15-Year-Old Texas Female Inmate Has Video Evidence of Jailer Raping Her

As per the usual and customary practice of the facility, Robinson was allowed to abandon his post on the 5th floor of the boys’ unit and enter the girls’ unit undisturbed. He was allowed to enter M.S.H.’s room, with the lights out, and rape her. Unknown to Robinson, the rape was captured on video.

It gets interesting 1 minute in, then the payoff comes around 1:40

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai. Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America http://bananenplanet.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/10-things-most-americans-dont-know-about-america/ (via curlycherie)

There are two areas where the USA is way out in front of the rest of the world: war and prison. The technology of killing is the main investment of U.S. national energy, and of course the semi-public semi-private incarceration economy is flourishing while schools and roads crumble. In many other quality-of-life terms — housing, healthcare, public transportation, public access to technology, mental health support, support for people with disabilities, childcare, primary education, maternity support, social safety net — I think a lot of US Americans personally know that things are not exactly rosy but see no options for fixing it.

(via zuky)